The Hogan-Pancost property, a 22 acre parcel along South Boulder Creek that contains numerous wetlands, has once again been proposed for annexation and a residential development of 117 dwelling units. Do you think it should be annexed and developed as proposed? Annexed and developed in some different manner than proposed? Not annexed? Why?
Jill
Grano
I am running for City Council because engaging with my community and finding solutions to challenges that face us all is my passion. Now - more than ever - Boulder needs passionate, experienced, diverse leaders to help lead the way on housing, our energy future, transportation, open space, social justice issues, and business support.
I am the mother of two young boys, Ryder and Treker, both of whom help inform my vision for the future of our community. I moved to Boulder 11 years ago after completing my degree in Political Science at The College of William & Mary. I quickly fell in love with Boulder's natural beauty, creative spirit and commitment to the environment. My first year here I taught civics at The Watershed School where I engaged with my students in community issues and volunteered with Meals on Wheels. Later, I joined the Board of New Era Colorado where I served for five years. Through New Era I helped launch a campaign to reduce disposable bags. That campaign resulted in our bag fee ordinance, which has prevented thousands of bags from entering our landfill.
I am currently the Vice Chair of the City of Boulder Board of Zoning Adjustments and serve on the board of Thistle Communities, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing more affordable housing to Boulder. For the last few years I have worked as an advocate for our mobile home communities, helping save dozens of families from eviction, and ultimately working with state legislators to help pass a bill to save mobile homes from tax lien investors.
I participated in the Chamber of Commerce leadership program, have served on multiple housing working groups, and have been named one of the top "40 under Forty young professionals who are shaping the future of the Boulder Valley" by BizWest.
In addition to the passion, commitment, and leadership that I bring to the table, I ask that you consider the following:
* I am openly gay. Boulder has not had an openly LGBTQ City Councilperson in more than four decades. With the rise on anti-LGBTQ sentiment across the country, representation for this community is more significant than ever.
* I have young children. A large portion of Boulder residents are families and it is important to represent their voices on Council.
* I am 36 years old. More than 50% of Boulder residents are between the ages of 25 and 43, and we do not have a single council member representing that demographic.
* I am a real estate professional. With housing and development as two of our most important issues to tackle in the coming years, it is important to have someone on council who understands these issues from a first hand perspective.
My top two priorities as a Councilwoman will be: 1. Work to achieve more affordable and accessible housing; 2. Continue to work on our energy future to reduce carbon emissions as quickly as possible. Additionally, I am passionate about tackling homelessness, food insecurity, and other social justice issues that face our community.